I didn’t get to see all of the game in Cincinnati last night (MLB.tv clearly still working out the bugs this season), but what I did see via the tiny little screen on my iPhone (AtBat working like a charm) left me with the following quick hits:
Cardinals 6, Reds 3
- Ryan Frankhausen? Isringlin? Ryan Franklin is already conjuring up not-so-pleasant images in my brain of a Jason Isringhausen style of closing. The instructions go like this: Start with a three-run lead, put a few runners on base throughout your inning, eventually get out of the inning because of your great defense behind you. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until your head explodes.
- Clutch hitting. I’ve been impressed so far with the Cardinals’ timely hitting. Matt Holliday and David Freese came through in the seventh inning last night with some much needed RBI bingo. Like it.
- Colby’s fire is burning somewhere. So far it’s been moreso at the plate than in the outfield, but goodness is Colby Rasmus hot to start the season. Keep it up, kid.
- Remember last season’s start for Adam Wainwright? He really struggled through his early starts last season, labored. Had issues with his release point and overworking his arm. Saw none of that in my sporadic watching last evening. This is a great sign if Chris Carpenter continues to fight through his starts for a couple weeks.
Cards switch up starting assignments, again
Which means I will get to see Jaime Garcia on Saturday at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Yes, I will be wearing my Honkin’ for Jaime t-shirt. Will you?
If you are attending Saturday’s game also, tweet @PitchersHit8th on Saturday and find me – we’ll have an adult beverage.
Baseball at Busch Stadium
The University of Illinois and University of Missouri played ball at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night, providing stadium employees with a “run-through” before the Cards’ home-opener.
The City of St. Louis and the Hyatt Regency at the Arch are providing free parking meters downtown for the home opener on Monday. It’ll be 100 bagged meters on the streets, so if you plan to use one, I recommend getting there early.
Cardinals top radio ratings
I can’t get into the full article because Newsday’s subscription model is awful, but the first paragraph says it all for me.
An impressive 20 percent of men ages 25-54 who were listening to the radio last year while a Cardinals game was in progress were tuned in to said game, according to Arbitron via Sports Business Daily.
That’s a big share number for that demographic. The Yankees have the largest overall audience, but the Cardinals clearly still have a dedicated following for Mike Shannon and John Rooney.
Next Game: Cardinals (Penny) at Reds (Arroyo), 04/08/2010 11:35a